(“Within) the (space) of the painting, (every) given [thing] (turns) toward its (opposite.)”
–– Mark Dilks (from “Painting Beyond Itself: An Edit”
“Bob Bechtol’s current work incorporates gestural, expressive, abstract and representational applications, overlaid on grids. The structure of the paintings is arrived at through repeated rounds of combination, replacement, dissection and reconfiguration of the work. For Bechtol, this is where the art happens – unexpected composition and coalescence born from conflict and contradiction. He is careful not to lead the viewer into any specific narrative or feeling about the work. For Bechtol, the process is the most important aspect. It’s meticulous, technical and time-consuming. The lines, shapes, color and patterns continue to develop and reveal themselves as the process progresses. The artist states, “The observation and integration of opposites is the process I use to achieve that end. In this latest work, avoiding narrative while highlighting process allows me to focus on form and intent.”
— The Arts Company, Nashville
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I received my BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design in 1975, followed by an MFA from Edinboro University in 1980. Over the years, I have lived and worked and/or shown art in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, Kansas City, Chicago and Pittsburgh. My wife and I currently live in Nashville TN.
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Contradiction to Coalescence, solo, The Arts Company / Nashville
Not Just Drawing: A Line With Intent, juried, ARC Gallery / Chicago
Beholder Artists, group, 111 Minna Gallery / San Francisco
New Beginnings, juried, Satsuma Gallery / Los Angeles
Paint and Content, group, Post Gallery / Kansas City
Five Abstract Artists, Contemporary Art Workshop / Chicago
Red, group, Contemporary Art Workshop / Chicago
Drawing, juried, Moming Dance and Art Center / Chicago
Solo, UP Gallery, University of Pittsburg / Pittsburgh
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INQUIRIES: The Arts Company, Nashville